This could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

This could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

As time goes by, the movie series for an older audience that launched May 16 with a screening of "Casablanca" at the Gateway Film Center may expand its appeal to everyone, said Christine Happel, director of the Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center's Village in the Ville.

For now, though, the next entry in the series will be a contemporary film -- but one written and directed by a woman who is 81.

Eleanor Coppola's 2016 movie, "Paris Can Wait," will be screened at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 27, at the Gateway Film Center, 1550 N. High St.

Tickets are $5 at the box office.

The series, which will continue the last Tuesday of each month, is the result of a partnership between the theater and Clintonville's Village in the Ville, Village Connections of German Village and the fledgling At Home on High, for those 55 and older in the Weinland Park, Short North, Victorian Village and Italian Village neighborhoods.

Age-friendly screenings feature brighter lights to make navigating the theater easier and lower volume for comfort.

"A big part of our mission is being loving and inclusive," theater President Chris Hamel said in an announcement. "When there are barriers to inclusion, like volume and light levels for seniors, we evolve so we can bring more people together."

"Paris Can Wait," which stars Diane Lane and Alec Baldwin, was chosen for the second entry due largely to the age of the film's director, Happel said.

"I think this is an opportunity to show someone doing something throughout their life span," she said. "I think this is a testament to 'you're never too old.' "

"We're really excited to partner with the other Villages and do some events," said Katie Beaumont, who is seeking to organize the At Home on High edition of the Village movement in Columbus.

The Village concept was launched in Boston's Beacon Hill neighborhood in 1999.

It is aimed at keeping people 55 and older happy and healthy in their own homes by providing dues-paying members discounts on services as well as getting them out of their homes on social outings such as wine tastings, museum visits and, locally, movie screenings.

"Social events are important in general once you're an empty-nester or retired or just less mobile, but movies bring people together in a fun way and also brings that nostalgia of being a special event that people can enjoy together," Beaumont said. "For those who are not that outgoing, it's a nice, easy way to be connected."

"In the future, we might want to include people who might be speakers or want to lead discussions on movies," Happel said.

For the June 27 screening, and possibly future ones, attendees are invited to arrive at the Gateway Film Center's Torpedo Room for food and drinks from noon to 12:30 p.m. The cost of refreshments is not included in the admission price but free popcorn will be available.

People who aren't members of the local Villages are invited to attend.

For more information, call Happel at 614-268-3539.

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